10 days in Japan Itinerary

10 days in Japan Itinerary

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10 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + train:  11​h
1
Kyoto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nagahama
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Nara
— 1 day
train:  30​min
4
Osaka
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Kuala Lumpur


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3
nights
Kyoto

Kyoto
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kyoto tour itinerary website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kyoto is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kyoto. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September, expect Kyoto to be a bit cooler, temps between 33°C and 23°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toNagahama.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

3
nights
Nagahama

Nagahama ©
Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nagahama: Hachiman-bori (in Omihachiman) and Takashima (Kaizu Osaki, Hanifu Shrine, & more). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Hikone Castle, head off the coast to Chikubushima, steep yourself in history at Nagahama Railway Square, and see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum.

To see maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nagahama driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kyoto to Nagahama takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Kyoto in September, you will find days in Nagahama are a bit cooler (29°C), and nights are about the same (24°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nara.

Things to do in Nagahama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Takashima, Hikone, Hachiman-bori, Izameno Shimizu, Lake Biwa
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Hikone Castle ©
Hikone Castle
Lake Biwa ©
Lake Biwa
Kaizu Osaki ©
Kaizu Osaki

1
day
Nara

Nara ©
The country's first established capital, Nara houses some of the most storied buildings and natural attractions in Japan, with eight World Heritage Sites in total.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Toshodaiji Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kasuga Grand Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nigatsu-do Temple, then identify plant and animal life at Nara Park, and finally pause for some photo ops at Todai-ji Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nara itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Nagahama to Nara takes 2 hours. When traveling from Nagahama in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Nara: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Osaka.

Things to do in Nara

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Todai-ji Temple ©
Todai-ji Temple
Nara Park ©
Nara Park
Kasuga Grand Shrine ©
Kasuga Grand Shrine

2
nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the historical opulence of Osaka Castle and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kuromon Market, take a stroll through Dotonbori, observe the fascinating underwater world at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then enjoy breathtaking views from Harukas 300 Observation Deck, then don't miss a visit to Abeno Harukas, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Kuchu Teien Observatory.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Osaka trip planner .

Osaka is very close to Nara. September in Osaka sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 24°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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